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I just replaced my tstat as it was sticking. I lost more coolant in the process than I realized I would so I need to add some. Do I have to go to the Ford Dealer to get the gold stuff or is there something at my local autostore that I could use? I know all will say to change over to the ELC stuff but my oil cooler is doing fine so I do not want to do a flush and ruin it, I will change over when I need a cooler.
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I just replaced my tstat as it was sticking. I lost more coolant in the process than I realized I would so I need to add some. Do I have to go to the Ford Dealer to get the gold stuff or is there something at my local autostore that I could use? I know all will say to change over to the ELC stuff but my oil cooler is doing fine so I do not want to do a flush and ruin it, I will change over when I need a cooler.
I had a egr hose replaced and the dealer didnt add enough gold coolant, the next day Ihad no choice to put in some ELC that says its works with any color coolant. I have a coolant filter and only added a qt or so i think it will be fine untll i do a change later this
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I hope to go a few years before I have to change mine. Could I just add distilled water?
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drain all of it and just fill with the proper mix of ELC. Put on a coolant filter and change the coolant every 100,000 miles. not flushing is better than continuing to run the ford gold.

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drain all of it and just fill with the proper mix of ELC. Put on a coolant filter and change the coolant every 100,000 miles. not flushing is better than continuing to run the ford gold.
I already have a coolant filter. When you say "drain all of it" do you mean still do a flush without the restore? I mean if I only pull the plug and let whatever comes out then refill, there will still be alot of the gold left.
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I bought some at NAPA. It was recommended to me on here. I believe it is Zerex G-05 or something similiar to that. I lost some during the installation of my coolant filter and had to replace about a gallon. They have concentrated and premixed i believe.
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I already have a coolant filter. When you say "drain all of it" do you mean still do a flush without the restore? I mean if I only pull the plug and let whatever comes out then refill, there will still be alot of the gold left.
Yes sorry I meant to use distilled water to get all the gold out and then you should fill with 3.5 gal of elc and top off with distilled water. DO NOT USE tap water anymore. (if you were using it)

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I bought some at NAPA. It was recommended to me on here. I believe it is Zerex G-05 or something similiar to that. I lost some during the installation of my coolant filter and had to replace about a gallon. They have concentrated and premixed i believe.
Ding ding ding! We have a winner. Ford Gold coolant is properly known as G-05. You should be able to find it in many auto parts stores. Anyone that carries Zerex should have it or can get it within a day.
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